Brett I Have Two Questions For You

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Scott O.'s Comment
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Would you go back to trucking weather it be otr/local??? If not why not??? I understand retiring but you gotta get the urge every now and then... Just would like to know if you would or wouldn't... Oh and let's add if you would who would you drive for???

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Indy's Comment
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Would you go back to trucking weather it be otr/local??? If not why not??? I understand retiring but you gotta get the urge every now and then... Just would like to know if you would or wouldn't... Oh and let's add if you would who would you drive for???

I bet his answer will be ... "Yes, but only as an owner-operator."shocked.png

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I bet his answer will be ... "Yes, but only as an owner-operator."

rofl-3.gif Yeah, no way.

I loved my years on the road but I have no urge to get back into trucking. I loved the travelling lifestyle and of course I loved driving those big ole rigs. But I felt like I had gotten everything out of trucking there was to get and the constant scrutiny and enforcement just wore me out after awhile. I got tired of constantly looking over my shoulder waiting on the next DOT inspection, the next drug test, the next logbook check, and on and on and on. It just doesn't end.

What I want to do is live the RV lifestyle where you get all of the great benefits of the travelling lifestyle but you're left alone to do your thing. That's me. I just wanna travel around to see the sites, meet the people, enjoy everything this beautiful country has to offer, and do it without being hassled every 20 minutes or zig-zagging around 10,000 rules and regulations.

If I did go back to trucking I would work for one of the large carriers and it would likely be dry van , refrigerated, or food grade tanker. But really it would depend on how often I wanted to get home and what areas of the country I wanted to run.

I always liked the large carriers because they have so many awesome perks that make the job 1,000 times easier. They have national accounts setup for repairs and towing, the best equipment on the highways, great finances behind them, tons of different opportunities within the company to choose from, and all kinds of perks like travel & hotel discounts, health and wellness hotlines, family and individual counseling, gigantic recreation buildings for the drivers, and all kinds of stuff. Nowadays a lot of the major companies are even starting to add things like 27" televisions with DirecTV. So that's pretty cool.

But in the end I hope never to drive a truck again for a living. I would love to drive one anytime just for fun if everyone would get off my *ss and leave me alone! :-) But alas, they won't. I most certainly do intend to get out there pulling a big ole 5th wheel camper with a diesel dually and have some fun travelling around though.

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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